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I want the British Cover!

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Why, oh why? The British cover is amazing! So why is there a man with a mullet on horseback wearing plate armor for us in America?

I picked up this book on the recommendation of Flog commenter Paul. I liked it. I’m not raving about it, but I definitely liked it and will buy the rest of the series. The author, Steven Erikson, is planning on this being a 10 book series, but each will be stand alone, which is quite interesting. I just ordered #2-5.

This book is DENSE. There is no skimming. No sir. Every page is chock-full of world building and myth creating. Almost to the point of losing the characters for me, but when I sat down and REALLY FOCUSED, it started to weave a hugely complex world in my head and I couldn’t put it down. I admit, I love fantasy fluff, and this took concentration like on a Dickens novel, which, in the end, I think I will appreciate more in the long-term. I definitely was flipping to the glossary and the “cast of characters” a lot.

There are no good guys here. You root for a character and suddenly they die. Oops. There are fascinating interactions between the Gods and mortals that I loved, and the intrigue was very suspenseful. I can’t really summarize PLOT because there is way too much going on to even begin to one-line. Brutal fights, ruthless characters, all yummy. Wars, strange magics, immortals, maniacal puppets, need more?
The one thing that annoyed me was there was a lot of FORETELLING going on in the first half. A lot of alluding to what was coming, what was foretold, what was fated. I wanted it to just happen. Also, his dialogue between characters is very oblique, like a David Mamet play. Sometimes I just wanted characters to say what was in front of them. Obscurity for obscurity sake can get tiring, but then I was hooked back in again and stayed up until 2am reading.

I will definitely stick this out for the rest of the series. It won’t be my light reading, but I will enjoy the challenge. Hopefully, since this was the establishing book, deciphering will be easier in subsequent novels, because he established SO MUCH already. Well, it better be 🙂

  • Ben

    From looking only at the art, I’d suggest that the USA version looks like a medieval romance book. While the UK version looks like total sci-fi ala Dune.

    Is there any chance that down the road The Guild would take a break from their online fun? Here’s the idea, their game has been cancelled (like MS did with Age of Empires–until I found a few mirror gaming sites) due to contract issues and now the Guild is left with nothing to play until it gets sorted out. So they start The Guild Book club…setting up rules and so forth, only to have the game back online by the end of the episode. Actually, that pretty much goes against the whole online gamers thing…maybe in season 2 or 3.

  • Ben

    And one more thing…when did they remove the hottie from the USA cover? Check it out with the Kate Beckinsale lookalike included:
    http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0765310015.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

  • Oooh, that’s a mystery! :O Who’s decision was that? So weird! That’s C cup plate mail at least 😀

  • M. Cookie

    I’m sorry I missed this, cause I’m a huge fan of Steven Erikson.
    if you REALLY want the cover art, or read it ahead of time. order it from amazon.co.uk. Sure it costs more, but I’m such a fanboy I pay for it. =)
    do you still read the series?

  • @admin: I must say your website is the first I’ve come across today that doesn’t have typos every other line. Thank you for taking the time to write something that doesn’t look like a 6th grader put together. Sorry, just had to vent.

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